Former soldier spoke at Bloody Sunday event

Chairperson of �gra Shinn  F�in in Derry Michael McCrossan
Chairperson of �gra Shinn F�in in Derry Michael McCrossan

Young republicans from across Ireland attended a series of events in Derry at the weekend to mark the 42nd anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

The panel discussion, organised by Ógra Shinn Féin in Derry, were held in Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin on Saturday afternoon.

Panellists included John Kelly, whose brother, Michael, was shot dead on Bloody Sunday, and former British soldier, Lee Lavis, who served in the North.

Michael McCrossan from Ógra Shinn Féin said many young people are interested in the impact of Bloody Sunday.

He added: “It was very important that young people heard at first hand the horrors of what went on in our city on the 30th January 1972 and the stories of people on both panel discussions and how in many ways it shaped their teenage and adult lives.

“I have spoken to a number of people and they were very taken by the discussion with John Kelly whose brother was murdered on Bloody Sunday and Lee Lavis a former member of the British army who gave an insight into the mindset and workings of the British military in Ireland. “

“I also feel it’s very important we support the ongoing case of Gerard Donaghey,” he said.

The event was one of a number held at the weekend.